From the programme:
Project Sunshine aims to harness the power of the sun to tackle the biggest challenge facing the world today: meeting the increasing food and energy needs of the world's population in the context of an uncertain climate and global environment change.
Estimates indicate that by late 2011 the total population will stand at an astonishing 7 billion(!), and "by 2050 the total number could reach 10.5 billion" (National Geographic). This therefore is no small undertaking!
Scientists across the applied and pure disciplines are uniting to research new ways to use solar power for sustainable food production and renewable energy. Building upon breakthroughs in plant and microbial science, environmental biology, organic electronics and optoelectronics, as well as solar physics, Project Sunshine is looking for solutions in three key research areas: food, energy and global change.
There is further information available on the project website but this really is a great opportunity to be inspired and get engaged with National Science and Engineering Week. The public lecture will be held in the Union of Students Auditorium at 6:15pm.